Product roadmapping involves a unique combination of design thinking, planning, note-taking, testing and stakeholder communication. It really is one of the most 'all-in-one' kind of tasks--making Notion an ideal tool for the job.
This Notion Product Roadmap Template is designed to help give you a headstart in leveraging Notion's powerful features toward coherent product roadmapping. With areas for versioning, feature planning, tasks and use case brainstorming; hopefully, it'll make life easier for you as a product builder/manager/maker in Notion :)
Notion Product Roadmap Template: What's Included
Inside this template workspace, you'll find a series of connected databases and views.
- Use Cases
- Release History
- Versioning timeline
- Versioning table & planning exercise
- Features development timeline
- Features Status Board
- Table to prioritize and select features
- Priority Tasks Board
- Tasks By Version
- Tasks By Feature
- Bugs List
- Active Tasks
- Archived Tasks
- Use Cases Board
- Use Cases List
- Archived Use Cases
- Releases Gallery
Let's take a closer look at each view and what you can do with it.
The versioning timeline lets you visualize your progress toward a final, desired product. Each version has its own release date and description. You can add as many versions as you need; start from our default versions 'Proto', 'MVP', etc, then add or edit as needed.
To create a new Version, just add a new line to the Versions database table. Or add it directly to the timeline.
Versioning Table & Planning Exercise
The versioning table is where you'll track progress on each task associated with a particular version. The planning exercise helps you think through the details of what needs to be done in order to complete each task.
There are a couple of prompts for each version, like 'Value proposition' and 'Test'. These are to help you plan clearly defined versions of your product, while intentionally constraining yourself for lean development.
An example for your 'MVP' version might be some limited features, with a Value Proposition of 'Save users 20 minutes per day writing emails'. The 'Test' input might then be 'Survey early users on their previous email time spend and compare with current performance'.
Features Development Timeline
The features development timeline lets you track the progress of each feature, as grouped by specific versions. This will give a nice visual overview of how features are expected to come together over time.
Features Status Board
The features status board lets you see at a glance which features are in development, which are being tested, and which are ready to be released.
You can also add features directly from this Status board.
Table to Prioritize and Select Features
The table to prioritize and select features is where you'll decide which features should be developed next. This is based on input from stakeholders, users, and your own team's expertise.
Priority Tasks Board
The priority tasks board is where you'll track the most important tasks associated with your product roadmap.
Tasks By Version
The tasks by version view lets you see all of the tasks associated with a particular version of your product. This is a great way to track progress and make sure everything is on track for release.
Tasks By Feature
The tasks by feature view lets you see all of the tasks associated with a particular feature of your product.
The bug tracking list is where you'll track any bugs that are found in your product. You can assign these bugs like any other task to a specific feature and/or version.
The active tasks view lets you see all of the tasks that are currently being worked on.
The archived tasks view lets you see all of the tasks that have been completed, or sent to the archive to avoid clutter.
Use Cases Board
The use cases board is where you'll track the various use cases for your product. The board view lets you quickly add specific use cases underneath each feature.
Use Cases List
The use cases list is where you'll track the various use cases for your product. This list view is best for brainstorming features off of specific customer use cases.
The releases gallery is where you'll find all of the released versions of your product. You can tag each release with 'Key updates', along with 'Features added'--this gives a simple overview of how your releases are progressing over time.
How do product managers use Notion?
Notion is a flexible tool that can be used for a variety of purposes, but one of the most popular ways product managers use Notion is as a product roadmap tool.
Product managers use Notion to track the progress of their team, prioritize and select features, and bugs. Notion is also a great way to keep track of released versions of your product and see how it has evolved over time.
If you're a product manager, here are some tips on how to use Notion to manage your product roadmap:
1. Use the Notion Roadmap template
The Notion Roadmap template is a great starting point for managing your product roadmap in Notion. The template includes pre-made boards and lists for features, releases, use cases, and more.
2. Create a clear structure for your roadmap
When creating your roadmap in Notion, it's important to create a clear structure that will be easy for you and your team to follow. Start by creating separate boards or lists for each stage of your product development process.
3. Use the Notion kanban view to track progress
The Notion kanban view is a great way to track the progress of your product roadmap. This view lets you see at a glance which features are in development, being tested, or ready to be released.
4. Use the Notion timeline view to track deadlines
The Notion timeline view is a great way to track deadlines for your product roadmap. This view lets you see all of the tasks associated with a particular version of your product and make sure everything is on track for release.
5. Use the Notion tables feature to prioritize and select features
The Notion tables feature is a great way to prioritize and select features for your product roadmap. This feature lets you add input from stakeholders, users, and your team to help you make decisions about which features to build next.
Get started with this template by hitting the 'Copy to Notion' button when logged into your Pro Access member account.